https://spectator.sme.sk/r/25/politics-and-society/atomSpectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectator5613-11-24T15:11:49ZSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.Petit Press, a.s.rss_contact_emailhttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702826/military-training-centre-in-lest-gets-new-facilities.htmlMilitary training centre in Lešť gets new facilities2017-11-23T21:47:37Z€620,000 has been spent on the military training centre this year.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702849/trams-will-test-renewed-tram-track-in-downtown-bratislava-on-friday.htmlTrams will test renewed tram track in downtown Bratislava on Friday2017-11-23T21:38:33ZOriginally, the tram track should have been put back in operation on November 15https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702681/top-3-news-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlTop 3 news from Last Week in Slovakia2017-11-23T16:50:42ZEMA will not relocate to Slovakia - Job ads will have to state actual payrates - Trnava factory to produce electric carshttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702042/disputed-fee-for-preferential-treatment-at-doctors-to-be-re-introduced.htmlDisputed fee for preferential treatment at doctors to be re-introduced2017-11-22T23:45:46ZPatients unwilling to wait at the doctor’s office may be able to make appointments starting next year, for a fee of €50.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20701613/pisa-tests-slovak-pupils-lag-behind-in-collaborative-task-solving.htmlPISA tests: Slovak pupils lag behind in collaborative task solving2017-11-22T13:43:18ZSlovak pupils are below the OECD average in collaborative problem solving, international PISA tests have shown.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20701555/ex-minister-and-tv-owner-rusko-released-from-custody.htmlEx-minister and TV owner Rusko released from custody2017-11-22T13:33:27ZThe former politician/TV manager accused of ordering the murder of his business partner received an electronic location bracelet.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20701117/first-patient-in-slovakia-to-have-implanted-heart.htmlFirst patient in Slovakia has implanted artificial heart2017-11-22T00:54:57ZThough the artificial heart enables a normal life, the patient will remain on a transplant waiting list.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700726/kosice-governor-candidate-contested-the-election-result.htmlKošice governor candidate contested the election result2017-11-21T13:15:34ZIncumbent Košice Mayor Richard Raši claims that not all votes for him have been counted.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20698449/how-propaganda-has-learned-to-use-the-truth.htmlHow propaganda has learned to use the truth2017-11-21T11:18:55ZThe Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism analysed the information war in the Visegrad Group countries.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700505/robert-fico-has-lost-the-electoral-magic-he-once-had.htmlRobert Fico has lost the electoral magic he once had2017-11-21T11:12:12ZBut his party can still bounce back if they do the things that make parties resilient.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700405/probe-into-foreign-ministry-scandal-shows-slovakia-in-bad-light.htmlProbe into Foreign Ministry scandal shows Slovakia in bad light2017-11-21T06:10:08ZFormer Foreign Ministry employee Zuzana Hlávková decried allegedly shady purchases at the Foreign Affairs Ministry one year agohttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20699871/this-years-nations-memory-awards-went-to-slovaks-matejcikova-and-simko.htmlUnderground resistance fighter and political prisoner awarded2017-11-20T14:04:08ZThe prizes awarded to Czech and Slovaks whose lives were impacted by totalitarian regimes and non-democracy were given at a ceremony in the Prague National Theatre.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20699965/people-fight-for-vanishing-national-park-forests.htmlPeople fight for vanishing national park forests2017-11-20T13:48:39ZThe My Sme Les (We Are Wood) initiative was signed by more than 25,000 peoplehttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20699948/the-day-that-changed-the-tatra-mountains-for-good.htmlThe day that changed the Tatra mountains for good2017-11-20T13:35:00ZThe windstorm damaged 12,000 hectares of woods on November 19, 2004.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20699573/the-environmentalist-that-took-on-foresters-and-the-state.htmlThe environmentalist that took on foresters and the state2017-11-20T11:34:52ZEnvironmentalist and documentary film-maker Erik Baláž awarded White Crow for fighting for the survival of the Tichá and Kôprová valleyshttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20699553/hlavkova-and-szalai-win-white-crow-award-an-environmentalist-and-a-psychologist-were-awarded-too.htmlThey reported corruption at the Foreign Ministry. Now they receive an award2017-11-20T10:48:22ZThe tenth year of the White Crow award, celebrating young people and activists who break prejudices and go against the tide.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20699076/smer-follows-a-downward-trend-but-may-escape-oblivion.htmlSmer follows a downward trend but may escape oblivion2017-11-20T07:05:00ZWhat does the defeat in regional elections mean for the future of Slovakia’s strongest party?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20698005/slovakia-commemorates-the-fall-of-communism.htmlSlovakia commemorates the fall of communism2017-11-16T21:05:29ZSeveral events mark the 28th anniversary of the November protests.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20698081/fico-calls-on-kiska-to-pay-1-million-for-use-of-government-plane.htmlFico calls on Kiska to pay €1 million for use of government plane2017-11-16T20:29:31ZKiska responded by saying that he understands Fico’s frustration after regional election losshttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20698052/socialism-elections-were-parody-of-free-vote.htmlSocialism elections were parody of free vote2017-11-16T18:57:38ZAfter the revolution in 1989 the number of people participating in elections fell from 99 percent to around 60 percent.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697715/police-dissolve-a-group-robbing-the-state-through-food-imports.htmlPolice dissolve a group robbing the state through food imports2017-11-16T13:45:40ZThe accused group members can spend up to 12 years in prison.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697706/danko-criticised-for-friendly-speech-to-russian-mps.htmlDanko criticised for friendly speech to Russian MPs2017-11-16T13:42:27ZWhile the speaker of parliament spoke in Moscow, President Kiska delivered a speech in the European Parliament. Lajčák says both should have consulted him.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697669/top-3-stories-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlTop 3 stories from Last Week in Slovakia2017-11-16T12:41:20ZChinese could produce e-cars in Slovakia - PM Robert Fico does not see election defeat - Poliačik leaves the strongest opposition partyhttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697303/ecocide-how-slovakia-destroys-its-national-parks.htmlEcocide! How Slovakia destroys its national parks2017-11-16T12:08:15ZOfficially, the number of forests in Slovakia keeps growing but satellite shots of the national parks evoke horrors.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697324/slovak-firms-to-be-involved-in-armoured-vehicles-development.htmlSlovak firms to be involved in armoured vehicles' development2017-11-16T06:21:07ZThe Defence Ministry wants most of the new vehicles to be produced by Slovak companies.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697337/opposition-wants-to-topple-kalinak-as-interior-minister.htmlOpposition wants to topple Kaliňák as Interior Minister2017-11-16T06:05:23ZThe opposition seeks to oust Kaliňák, as his ministry must pay fines amounting to €10-million for botched public procurement.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20696835/ivo-the-velvet-revolution-perceived-positively-by-slightly-more-than-half-the-population.htmlMost people perceive the Velvet Revolution positively2017-11-15T13:58:21ZThe 1989 revolution, which toppled communism in Czechoslovakia, is perceived positively by 53 percent of people, while 19 percent see it negatively, according to a poll.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20696763/academy-of-sciences-succeeds-in-luring-smart-people.htmlAcademy of Sciences succeeds in luring smart people2017-11-15T13:48:36ZSAV’s special programme effectively lures researchers from abroad to Slovakia, both expats and foreigners.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20696445/culture-minister-offers-to-resign-from-his-smer-post.htmlCulture minister offers to resign from his Smer post2017-11-15T00:08:56ZOther deputy chairs reportedly said they would also resign due to regional election results.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20696440/president-requires-transparency-in-army-modernisation.htmlPresident requires transparency in army modernisation2017-11-15T00:04:06ZAndrej Kiska was critical of the non-disclosure of the information about the planned purchase of armoured vehicles.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20696367/international-award-laureate-i-learned-to-meet-my-own-goals.htmlDuke of Edinburgh's awardee: I learned to meet my own goals, despite handicap2017-11-14T19:59:17ZAn example of a young participant in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme who was left nearly blind shows how one can push their limits.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20695881/tis-despite-progress-slovakia-still-fails-to-catch-corrupt-big-fish.htmlTIS: Despite progress, Slovakia still fails to catch corrupt “big fish”2017-11-14T13:29:45ZThe country has improved the fight against corruption in the past years, but keeps failing in terms of prosecuting people at top levels, transparency watchdog finds.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20695149/police-block-disputed-amount-on-lawyer-bzans-account.htmlPolice block disputed amount on lawyer Bžán’s account2017-11-13T14:29:23ZThe company that signed a contract with Lawyer Radomír Bžán regarding state representation in international arbitration has asked the court to block the remuneration on his account.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20695121/pm-fico-does-not-admit-defeat-in-regional-election.htmlPM Fico does not admit defeat in regional election2017-11-13T14:17:23ZAfter almost a week, Robert Fico comments on the results of his party in regional elections, claiming it as a success.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20694445/court-denies-custody-of-child-to-muslim-father-over-christmas-period.htmlCourt denies custody of child to Muslim father over Christmas period2017-11-13T12:11:07ZThe verdict of Trenčín Regional Court cites the Convention on the Rights of the Child but the argument based on religious belief surprises experts.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20693688/the-inventor-of-water-propelled-car-was-not-poisoned-and-yes-eliminating-genders-in-the-eu-is-a-hoax.htmlThe inventor of water-propelled car was not poisoned, and yes, eliminating genders in the EU is a hoax2017-11-12T01:25:19ZDisinformers dusted off the old myth about alternative car propulsion and the death of its inventor, while others spread the rumour of human genders being eliminated.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20693415/top-3-stories-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlTop 3 stories from Last Week in Slovakia2017-11-10T12:14:42ZRegional elections show the door to the far right - Smer loses four governor chairs - Kažimír may become Eurogroup presidenthttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20693003/ec-funds-for-education-still-low.htmlEC: Funds for education still low2017-11-09T22:38:21ZA recent report criticises the financing of education, salaries for teachers and also large regional disparities.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20692404/police-did-not-confirm-foreign-funds-for-lsns.htmlPolice did not confirm foreign funds for ĽSNS2017-11-09T13:50:59ZAllegations that the extremist party had received money from a pro-Kremlin businessman were not confirmed.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20692403/government-suspends-talks-on-military-vehicles-purchase.htmlGovernment suspends talks on military vehicles purchase2017-11-09T13:41:51ZThe ministers first need to learn more about the proposal.